Transcript: National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning and welcome to THIS WEEK. Our exclusive headliners today: General Jim Jones, Senator John McCain.


JONES: We are focused on al Qaeda, but we're also focused on extremism of any form.


STEPHANOPOULOS: In his first Sunday interview, the president's national security adviser confronts two wars, Dick Cheney's scorn, terrorists in the U.S., and gays in the military.

Then, the GOP's candidate in 2008 weighs in on Obama's start and his party's future.


MCCAIN: I realize that elections have consequences.


STEPHANOPOULOS: McCain and Jones, only on THIS WEEK.



PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Now is the time to put a new foundation for growth in place.


STEPHANOPOULOS: ... the recession may be winding down, but will lingering job loss and record deficits stall Obama's agenda? That and the rest of the week's politics on our roundtable with George Will, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, and Robert Reich.

And as always, the "Sunday Funnies."


JAY LENO, HOST, "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO": It was hot today, wasn't it? I'll tell you, whew, I was sweating like John Edwards waiting to watch his wife on Oprah.


(END VIDEO CLIP) ANNOUNCER: From the heart of the nation's capital, THIS WEEK with ABC News chief Washington correspondent, George Stephanopoulos, live from the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Hello again, and happy Mother's Day to all of the moms watching. We're going to begin with a Sunday first.

General James Jones, welcome to THIS WEEK, your first appearance as national security adviser.

JONES: Exactly. Thank you.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You all had a busy week this week. The heads of Afghanistan and Pakistan came here to the United States to meet with the president -- to meet with the president's entire team.

And you seemed to be on the same page, yet after the meetings, the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, said that all air strikes -- all American air strikes in Afghanistan must end. Will the U.S. comply with that demand?

JONES: Well, I think that we're going to take a look at trying to make sure that we correct those things we can correct, but certainly to tie the hands of our commanders and say we're not going to conduct air strikes, it would be imprudent.

That's part of the combined arms package and so we probably would not do that. But we are going to take very seriously the -- and redouble our efforts to make sure that innocent civilians are not killed.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Does President Karzai understand that you're not going to comply with that demand? And what do you expect his reaction to be?

JONES: Well, I think he understands that we have to have the full complement of our offensive military power when we need it. We have to -- we can't fight with one hand tied behind tied behind our back.

But on the other hand, we have to be careful to make sure that we don't unnecessarily wound or kill innocent civilians. But the other side of the coin is that it -- what makes it difficult is the Taliban, of course, not playing by the same rules.

They're using civilians as shields. So we have to take a look at this, make sure that our commanders understand the -- you know, the subtleties of the situation, the complexity of it, and do the right thing.

So it's a difficult problem, but it's not unsolvable.

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